They’re glad-handing one moment and back-stabbing the next. While Republicans praised U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), one of the nation’s top Democrats, for his work on a railroad relocation project in Springfield, they also want to replace him with State Sen. Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove) – and Durbin is working to oust the Republicans, as well.

“We have split political personalities in election years,” Durbin said after the event, adding there are times when “the party label really has to be set aside; otherwise, you’d get nothing done!”


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A few hours after sharing the spotlight with U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville), Durbin was in Edwardsville, helping Davis’ Democratic opponent, Ann Callis.

“I probably wouldn’t have scheduled a press conference for political purposes against Sen. Durbin the same day we’re talking about such a great project … but that’s me,” said Davis.

Davis and U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Peoria) share Springfield but say Illinois would be just fine with a newcomer, current State Sen. Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove) beating the powerful Durbin.

“My hope is that anyone elected to Congress would join our bipartisan effort to secure funding for these important projects,” said Schock, noting that members of Congress come and go.

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